Who said you had to be at home to enjoy the precision of a Shun blade? The Shun Higo Nokami Gentleman's Knife ($100) lets you bust out your culinary cutting skills wherever the need arises, with a locking foldout six-inch blade made from high-carbon stain-resistant VG-10 steel, a resin-infused PakkaWood handle with an inlaid silver and brass samurai family crest emblem, and an included black lacquer box with leather sheath. Good for cutting everything from steak to sushi.
If you asked what we would want to take with us in a stranded situation, we'd probably say a filled iPod, food, or perhaps a back catalog of Playboy (for the articles, of course). A more practical choice, however, would be the Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Knife ($60). Designed by Gerber and the Grylled one himself, this unique wilderness tool features a half-serrated high carbon blade, a stainless steel pommel at the base of the handle, an emergency whistle in the lanyard cord, and a host of goodies in the included sheath, like a fire starter, diamond sharpener, and Bear's Priorities of Survival pocket guide for those times when you need some Yoda-like wisdom. [Thanks, Andrew]
Get maximum utility with a minimal imprint on the environment with Wenger EvoWood Knives ($65-$130). Just like regular Swiss Army Knives, these feature a variety of tools, from seven implements in the EvoWood 11 to a full eleven — including pliers with a wire crimper and cutter — on the EvoWood S557, but more importantly feature the company's new concave/convex Evolution handle design, created from sustainable top-quality Swiss Walnut that would other wise be waste material, making these some of the world's greenest multi-tools.